Bloodstock agent James Bester and Aquis Farm teamed up to secure the top lot on the opening day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Book 1 Sale on Sunday – lot 67, a Redoute’s Choice colt out of Group One-winning mare Griante.
The partnership went to $800,000 to secure the colt out of Cambridge Stud’s draft and were pushed all the way by Cambridge trainer Tony Pike.
Bester was pleased with his purchase and thought it was a bargain buy for what he has judged as the best Redoute’s Choice colt he has seen at any sale this year.
“I think this colt at the Gold Coast, judging by what the Redoute’s Choice colts sold there, would have made well over A$1 million,” Bester said.
“In my view he was better than any colt I saw by Redoute’s Choice at the Magic Millions, and we got him for NZ$800,000, I consider that value.
“It’s exactly what we thought we would have to pay for him. We wrote down that very number on the catalogue page and said this is an $800,000 horse in New Zealand.”
Bester purchased the son of Redoute’s Choice for a colts syndicate and he believes he has the qualities to turn into a stallion prospect.
“It’s for an Aquis colts syndicate,” he said. “We’re trying to identify colts that will make stallion prospects.
“He’s a beautiful Redoute’s Choice, the sort of Redoute’s Choice that everyone wants.
“He’s got a beautiful head, lovely action, a smooth mover, and is a neat athletic horse. The mother was a Gr.1 Galaxy winner for goodness sake.”
Bester said he loves coming to New Zealand and has had a lot of success with the New Zealand thoroughbred.
“I love New Zealand and I love the product here,” Bester said. “I have had a lot of success with New Zealand colts and fillies, so what a pleasure.”
Aquis Farm chief executive Shane McGrath was delighted with the purchase and said the colt was the pick of the sale for both parties.
“He was James’ pick of the sale and he was ours as well, so it made sense that we join forces,” McGrath said.
“We have got some really good partners behind us now and we are fortunate that James has got some partners that want to join in this horse.
“All the colts will go through the program run by Kacy Fogden at Aquis in Queensland and the first of May we will sit down and work out what to do with him.”